Houses built in Finglas for Dublin Corporation have just one exterior door and residents are not happy.

The homes with just one door were built in Finglas under the National Building Agency (NBA) on behalf of Dublin Corporation.

There are about thirty of the one door houses, each of them on the gable end of terraces.

The problem for residents is that everything has to be brought through the front door of the houses making it impossible to keep carpets and lino clean. They have no access to their back gardens without going through the front door and around the side of the house. Residents are also concerned about fire safety with only one exit route.

In order to qualify for one of these houses, a husband and wife must have at least three children and live in sub standard accommodation.

Dermot Foley, General Manager of the NBA explains how these one door houses received planning approval. He says that while these one door houses may be unusual in Ireland, they are not unusual in Canada, the United States or across Europe.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong. In fact, the actual location of this door makes for more economical circulation space. 

He believes that the houses will be left as they are unless Dublin Corporation decides to change them.

Local TD Jim Tunney has a different view and places the blame at the door of the NBA. He says that every house built by the local authority should have at least two doors. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 November 1975. The reporter is Colm Connolly.